G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Monday, May 02, 2016

Makes You Kind of Proud to be a Goan!...Mario Miranda @90

Today May 2 2016 is 90th birth anniversary of Mario Miranda

Mr. Miranda has appeared on this blog twice earlier, on December 12 2011 and December 24 2011. He had died on December 11 2011.

As said earlier, Wikipedia claims Mr. MM considered Ronald Searle (1920-2011) to be his mentor (The mentor died on December 30 same year).

Now, I feel MM was also inspired by 'naughty' great Peter Arno (1904-1968).

Artist: Peter Arno


"Untitled 189", Artist: Mario Miranda, 1996 (reproduced from Business Standard website)

When you look at the picture above, sure you notice "Daily Noise" headline "New Ministry Formed" and you get the joke how the businessman is disappointed that he now has no 'his man' inside and that's all he cares about the latest political development.

But above all you notice Miss. Fonseca, her big eyes, round face, small waist and ample bosom. At least I surely did whenever I looked at MM's pictures.

Now see a picture drawn by a fellow Goan, the late Dinanath Dalal (दीनानाथ दलाल)- who also drew cartoons once.


Artist: Dinanath Dalal, Diwali 1970

Now consider some of the beauties drawn by another Goan: the late Raghuvir Mulgaonkar ( रघुवीर मुळगावकर). For instance this one, drawn for the cover of Marathi magazine 'Vangmay-shobha' (वाङ्मय शोभा) dated April 1951.



So if you are from Goa, these artists should kind of make you proud to be a Goan...as illustrated by Peter Arno....

Artist: Peter Arno, The New Yorker, September 10 1960

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